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Published: February 24, 2005

Program for minority and women emerging entrepreneurs offered by SOM

Fifteen minority and women entrepreneurs from the Buffalo-Niagara region have been selected in a competitive process to participate in the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program offered by the School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and the UB Center for Urban Studies.

The program, now in its second year, began with an orientation breakfast last week where each participating entrepreneur was matched with two mentors—one a business expert from the CEL community and the other a recognized minority. Last year's "Protégé of the Year," Laurice A. Vance of Vance Insurance Agency, spoke at the breakfast.

Throughout the year, mentors will provide their protégés with technical advice on various aspects of running a small business, such as marketing, merchandising, pricing, inventory control, accounting, long-range financial planning and basic legal advice, culminating in the development of a new or revised business plan. The program will conclude with an awards dinner on Dec. 7.

According to program organizers, the mission of the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program is to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to move their companies to the next stage of development in terms of annual revenues, organizational structure and possible expansion opportunities.

For more information on the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program, call the CEL at 645-3000 or visit

Artists, musicians to fill CFA Atrium

The Center for the Arts announces Music is Art Live @ The Center, a series of live concerts by local musicians and area artist exhibitions, will be held in the Center for the Arts Atrium on Tuesday evenings during March and April.

Each event will be free and open to the public. Artist exhibitions will begin at 7 p.m.; music will start at 9 p.m. All events will be recorded for future television broadcast.

Music is Art Live @ The Center is a collaborative effort between the Center for the Arts and the Music is Art Foundation, a local non-profit organization founded by Robby Takac of ChameleonWest Studios and the Goo Goo Dolls. The foundation supports music and the arts by encouraging local artistic involvement through Western New York schools and community events

Music is Art Live will transform the CFA Atrium into a bustling coffeehouse featuring a unique blend of cutting-edge musicians and creative visual artists. During each event, a camera crew will shoot footage to produce a half-hour television episode highlighting the intimate original musical performances, visual arts demonstrations and the stories behind the artist's work. Seven episodes of the show will be broadcast on local television and simulcast on UB Campus Cable. The events also will be broadcast on a future SUNY-TV channel.

Takac and Thomas Burrows, director of the CFA, will serve as executive producers. They will be supported by a team of production personnel from the CFA, Chameleonwest Studios, local video production staff and UB student interns.

The musicians currently scheduled to perform at Music is Art Live @ The Center—acts still are being confirmed and this schedule may be subject to change:

  • March 1: Lazlo Hollyfeld / Rhubarb

  • March 8: David Kane / Damien Simon

  • March 22: Fold in Half Cat

  • March 29: Last Conservative (full band acoustic) / Terry Sullivan w/David Kane

The musicians for April 5, 12 and 19 will be announced.

Check for updates.

Inventions and patents to be topic of seminar

An introductory seminar on "Understanding Inventions and Patents" will be held from 9-11 a.m. March 16 in the DEVO (Distance Education and Videoconference Operations) classrooms—Roswell Park Room, B-15 Health Sciences Library, South Campus, and 200-G Baldy Hall, North Campus.

The seminar is geared toward graduate students and faculty and staff members interested in learning about the invention process and how to protect their discoveries. It will be presented by Millard Fillmore College and the Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).

The presenter will be Michael L. Fowler, commercialization manager for bioinformatics and health sciences for STOR.

The event is free but registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Tim Hartigan, program coordinator for MFC, at 829-3374 or

The deadline for registration is March 11.